Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water – miniseries review

Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water is an online miniseries that hit the AMC + platform. As the title suggests, it is also another spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. So far, we have already dealt with the production taking place in the plane (Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462), as well as the story of two surviving women seeking refuge (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage). You could also watch Althea’s interviews with various people (The Althea Tapes). This time, the creators decided to use the excellent set of the USS Pennsylvania submarine, which played a key role in season 6 Fear the Walking Dead. For a change, we went back in time to see the beginning of the apocalypse. The idea turned out to be a bull’s eye.

Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water it consists of 6 episodes that last from 6 to 9 minutes. This breakdown is only for counting down the victims of the apocalypse, so the miniseries are better viewed simply as one episode. While it is about the 155-strong USS Pennsylvania crew that found its way to the Gulf of Mexico, the events focus on Jason Riley. This is a freshly baked father. He trains officers in the process of arming nuclear missiles. One day the crew loses contact with the mainland. Its members begin to turn into zombies, and the main character (along with his friends) tries to break through to the command center in order to develop a strategy to leave the ship before it becomes their tomb.

He returned to the role of Riley Nick Stahlwho played the villain in Fear the Walking Dead. He was one of Teddy’s followers (John Glover) and contributed to the firing of nuclear warheads. In Dead in the Water plays the protagonist with a solid moral backbone. In addition, in difficult situations, he can keep a cool head and command people. The creators also endowed him with feelings, presenting him as a man somewhat internally conflicted. He is ambitious and does not consider himself family, but in his heart he longs to see a newborn son. Of course, for the short time (approx. 41 minutes in total) of this miniseries, its history is only limited to a small extent, but thanks to this, it is more human than in Fear the Walking Dead. Nick Stahl poured a lot of emotion into the hero who experiences a personal drama. The actor took the lead role in this production, so the fate of this character was followed with curiosity.

Stahl’s good partners are Jason Francisco Blue (Pierce) and Garrett Graham (Ginger). However, Emmett Hunter, who plays the commander of Renwick, stands out most of the supporting characters. He exudes authority, but he can also show empathy. It only sounds a little strange when Renwick calls Riley “son” because they appear to be equal in age.

The rest of the crew, on the other hand, are characters that are irrelevant, as they are destined to die under various brutal circumstances (bitten, devoured, shot) or turn into biting walkers. And then they are designed to make it difficult for the heroes to break through to the main cabin. There is no shortage of guts, blood and screams of terror, the standard elements during the zombie apocalypse. Some ways of killing transformed people are quite effective. In addition, the place where it all takes place, i.e. the submarine, gives the scenes an atmosphere that is terrifying, but to a moderate extent. During the episodes, the series loses this feeling of being trapped and claustrophobic, but the plot of the controversial mission in the end makes up for it.

This story would be a great episode for Season 6 while Riley was still alive. It would be an interesting flashback to deepen this character and explain a few things (keys and Teddy’s plot). It still performs these functions, but nonetheless Dead in the Water it’s just a decent quality nice gift for fans. It is also worth adding that there are profanities in it, which actually does not happen in the flagship productions of this franchise. However, this does not change the reception of the episodes – without them, they would have a serious character anyway.

Dead in the Water is a nice curiosity against the backdrop of an increasingly meager one Fear the Walking Dead and undulating The Walking Dead. It sure is better than that The Walking Dead: A New World. The history of the miniseries was dynamic, so it’s a shame that this “episode” didn’t last longer. However, in this form, it also provided some entertainment in the original setting, and that is what matters most.

Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water

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